In the minds of many critical theorists, Theodor W.
Adorno epitomizes the failure of critical theory to provide any concrete guidance for political practice. His name is almost synonymous with the retreat of the progressive intellectual from the creeping totalitarianism of contemporary mass democracy. This book endeavors to disrupt this misconception by offering a close reading of Adorno's philosophical confrontation with the Holocaust and the modern conceptions of history, morality and subjectivity that are complicit in genocide.
By rethinking the relationship between reason and remembrance, morality and materiality, mimesis and political violence, Adorno's work offers not only incisive criticism of modern political ideas and institutions, it also shows us intimations of a different political practice.